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2019 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport (FWD) review - the loaner

We’re happy to report the findings of a question that our household has had about the CX-3 for some time, and it's something that others may find useful too. Could a Mazda CX-3 fit either our large or medium Samsonite hard-shell suitcases? Could it even fit both at the same time? We have been interested in the Mazda CX-3 for a while now, especially with myself being a bit of a fan of Mazda vehicles...

2017 Mazda 2 Genki review

The Mazda 2 caught my eye after I had seen its 2017 mild update. Several months later, the little pocket rocket has been in my family for about a year and a half now. It's endured many experiences in that time and has revealed the good and the not-so-good things about it. My Mum and I decided to choose the Genki for its suitable interior trim and the features offered...

2007 Mazda MX-5 Touring LE review

The NC MX-5 had been my dream car since my dad had an RC. I had accidentally sold my Micra thinking I'd get into a cheap 1998-2003 CLK, but when I found that car was boring to drive and the Micra had already been sold, I panicked, doubled my budget and bought the cheapest MX-5 I could see online. It took me five seconds of driving the MX-5 to make the decision...

2012 Mazda 3 SP25 review

I was looking for a smallish car around the $15k mark, either brand new or second hand. After many months I chose a MY13 Mazda 3 SP25 Auto Hatchback, finished in Sky Blue. It's a great little car, and it gives a lot for the money - I ended up paying $15,000 for it. First impressions are that it's very much a tourer rather than a city car...

2007 Mazda MX-5 Touring LE review

I wanted a coupe/convertible and was about to spend $40k on a 2007 BMW Z4 3.2-litre with low kilometres. I'd test driven a Z4, but as I'd owned a 1989 MX-5 brand new, and had liked it, I saw a 2007 MX-5 in a mate's car yard and took it for a spin. It has a 2-litre, 6-speed drivetrain, with a limited slip diff, Bose stereo, full leather upholstery, and reasonable boot space - considering the retractable roof...

2006 Mazda 6 MPS review

I bought this car in 2006 as an ex-demonstrator, and still to this day most people I talk with about my car have no idea what an MPS brings to the table that the standard variants don't have. Let me tell you it's more than just a badge or luxury level. Under the bonnet, the Mazda 6 MPS is powered by a turbocharged 2...

2016 Mazda BT-50 XTR (4x4) review

I've owned the BT since late 2016. I bought the car as I wanted a vehicle that I could utilize for daily driving, picking up the kids from school, towing, camping and for going out bush for four-wheel driving. I was originally in the market for a Ford Ranger XLT, however I opted for the not-so-good-looking sister - the BT-50 - on the basis that it was $8000 cheaper and also down to the fact I have a good relationship with my local Mazda dealership...

2013 Mazda 6 Atenza review

The 2013 Mazda 6 Atenza is a fantastic family-oriented sedan. But… you don’t need to have a family to drive one – I don’t! The Mazda 6 is jam-packed with Mazda’s first round of active safety features that keep our loved ones safe at all times. For a six-year-old car, the Mazda 6 still has some relatively competitive technology...

2017 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina review

The Mazda 3 is one of Australia’s number 1 selling cars of all time. The 2017 (slight) facelift and the addition of a whole range of new features attracted me to go test drive the Mazda 3. My Mazda is the SP25 Astina, 6-speed automatic, sedan. The Astina is $37,000, including on-road costs. It is set at a good price point, considering all the features you get...

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT (Black Roof) review

I've always enjoyed driving and after owning a tuned XR5 Turbo for 8 years, I had the desire to go back to a car that was all about the drive, not just power. Taking a Toyota 86 for a spin left me feeling a bit underwhelmed, however, after sliding in to the cabin of a Mazda MX-5 RF I knew I was onto something special...

2001 Mazda Mx-5 review

Best-selling roadster in history… Most raced car in the world… Hairdresser’s car…? Whatever label you use to describe the Mazda MX-5, its impact on the motoring world can’t be denied. For a vehicle to inspire such passion amongst its loyal, diverse and often obsessive fanbase across the globe, there clearly must be something pretty special about the two-seat roadster...